Based on ethnographic research of Holocaust
Survivors who settled in Montreal post World War II, The Montreal Shtetl is an examination of displacement migration and resettlement. The arrival of tens of thousands of Jewish refugees was palpable in the streets of Montreal and their impact on the existing Jewish community is well-recognized. This book presents a portrait of the daily struggles of Holocaust survivors who settled in Montreal, where they encountered difficulties with work, language, culture, health care, and a Jewish community that was not always welcoming to survivors. By reflecting on how institutional supports gender, and community relationships shaped the survivors’ settlement experiences, the authors show the relevance of these stories to current state policies on refugee immigration.